(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) issued the following statement regarding the passing of 2nd Lt. Silverio Cuaresma, Sr.. Mr. Cuaresma, a member of the World War II Mighty Five Nevadans and the state’s oldest unrecognized Filipino-American World War II veteran, passed away yesterday afternoon.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Cuaresma’s son, Silverio Cuaresma Jr., his friends and his entire family during this difficult time. As one of the WWII Mighty Five Nevadans, Mr. Cuaresma fought tirelessly to secure recognition for this nation’s nearly 24,000 Filipino WWII veterans. His service to this country remains an example of American heroism. We have a moral obligation to continue the fight to ensure that Filipino veterans, like Mr. Cuaresma, are honored for their sacrifices,” said Senator Dean Heller.
2nd Lt. Silverio Cuaresma Sr. is pictured with Senator Heller